Quarterly Update
June 2015
Most Recent Research Awards Recipients

Congratulations to Barbara Weatherford from the College of Nursing on her new award from HRSA for Nursing Workforce Diversity project.


Congratulations to Walaa Mogawer from Civil & Environmental Engineering on his award from MassDOT for Implementation of SRP2 Technologies: Preservation Approaches for High Traffic Volume Roadways project. 

Updated Forms

Check out our Forms & Templates Toolkit for the most recent and updated forms for proposal submission & grants administration. 


A new revised Proposal Routing Form (PRF) is being rolled out on July 1, 2015 for all proposals going forward.  A grace period of 2 months is established during which older versions of PRF will be accepted to accommodate a smoother transition.  Starting September 1, 2015 only new revised PRF should be used for all proposals.

The new PRF brings the following benefits, since it is:

  • only 2 pages long (now 1 page shorter)
  • user friendlier fillable pdf form with sum function and drop down menus which minimize errors/typos
  • capturing only required information for data entry
  • incorporating the links to applicable policies & forms, plus, prompts/notes defining and clarifying what is required
  • eliminating formerly required separate cost share form which is now incorporated into new PRF.  If additional space for cost share is required, the current cost share form can be used (optional).
  • equipped with an electronic signature feature built-in which makes it easier to route for approvals
  • used by the Institutional Advancement Corporations and Foundations office to help streamline and unify pursuit of external funding.

Revised Summary Disclosure Form 

is being rolled out on July 1, 2015.  The same grace period as for the revised PRF applies.  The Summary Disclosure Form is required for all proposals.

If you have any questions regarding the revised form please contact Andrew Karberg at [email protected] or ext. 9880.


Revised budget template includes the new F&A and fringe benefits rates.  Please use the updated template to assure you are budgeting at the current rates for all your future projects. 

Upcoming Changes & Events

Staff Changes Announcement:

I'm pleased to announce that Gayle Baxter has joined our SPA team in June, 2015 as Pre-award and Sub-recipient Manager. Gayle came to us from Brown University where she served in the position of Manager, Finance & Administration at the School of Public Health.

Gayle is in charge of managing all current and new sub-awards issued from UMassD to other collaborators as well as performing Sub-recipient Monitoring.  She is also responsible for proposal submissions & awards administration (non-financial) for the assigned departments.

Other changes in staffing & assignments are reflected on SPA Staff website as well.


F&A rate change to 55% effective July 1, 2015 for all Research projects

Please note, if you have any awards which were received after 10/23/2012  F&A rates will be adjusted to

F&A rates in effect:

54% - July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2015

55% - effective July 1, 2015.


New fringe benefits rates for FY2016:

Full Time Employee - 29.18%

Summer Fringe (Faculty & Students) - 1.65%


The ECRT effort reporting solution has been upgraded to its latest version, v5.1, in an effort to provide the UMass System with the most recent functionality and capabilities.

Benefits for individuals who certify their own effort and/or the effort of others include:

  • More detailed emails that list the names and dates of statements that an individual needs to certify. Emails are only sent to individuals who have outstanding statements to certify.
  • A new home page designed to immediately communicate outstanding certifications for the individual. A dynamic task list updates as certifications are completed to help answer the question "Am I done?".
  • A new certification page that allows greater flexibility during the certification process. An individual can certify up to 25 statements on a single page. They can also sort the statements that they need to certify by name, department, or project relationship.
  • A Search window displayed on every page of the system for instant search and navigation to pages within the system related to people, projects, or department information.

Elena Glatman
Director, Sponsored Projects Administration
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NSF PIRE Partnerships in International Education

 1 submission as lead institution. 

2016 RFP is not yet released, but anticipating a pre-proposal deadline in mid-October. 

PIRE Concept Papers due August 31st.


NSF MRI Major Research Instrumentation Program 2 submissions for instrument acquisition, plus 1 submission for instrument development.

Deadline is January 13, 2016.  Concept papers should address how mandatory 30% cost share requirement will be met.  MRI Concept Papers due September 30th.


NSF NRT National Research Traineeship Program 2 submissions for Trainee Track, at least one in Data Enabled Science & Engineering, plus 1 submission for Innovation in Graduate Education. 

LOI deadline is December 22, 2015 (optional); full proposal May 6, 2016.  

NRT Concept Papers due November 1st.


If interested in applying, please send a two page concept paper to Mary Hensel by the identified deadlines.

Pivot Top Picks


Google Research Award October 2015

October 15, 2015

Supports cutting-edge research in Computer Science, Engineering, and related fields. Follow link to see topics for this round.


American Educational Research Foundation (AERA) Research Grants;

September 10, 2015 & January 15, 2016

Seeks to stimulate research on U.S. education issues using data from the large-scale, national and international data sets, and to increase the number of education researchers using these data sets.


NEH Enduring Questions

Preliminary Proposal August 13, 2015, Full Proposal September 10, 2015

Supports faculty members in the preparation of a new course on a fundamental concern of human life as addressed by the humanities.


Need help setting up automatic funding opportunity notification in Pivot? Please contact Mary Hensel at [email protected] or ext. 8074. 

Did you know that

UMass Dartmouth now has 21 issued U.S. patents with another 10 applications currently pending? A listing of those inventions for which the university is seeking corporate licensees can be found here. Three new patents have been issued during FY15.


Office of Technology Commercialization and Ventures (OTCV; formerly CVIP) is now headed by David Glass, who joined UMassD as a consultant in August 2014.

Dr. Glass spends at least one day a week in the office at ATMC, and also maintains regular office hours two days a month on campus, at SPA. Please contact David at any time with questions about inventions, industry relations, or entrepreneurship, at [email protected], or by phone at extension 9815 or 617-653-9945 (mobile).

Contact Us
Sponsored Projects Administration

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747
Phone: 508-999-8953
Fax: 508-999-8868
Website: umassd.edu/spa